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Albuquerque/Santa Fe, New Mexico
Branding KOAT 7 (general)
Action 7 News (newscasts)
Slogan Coverage You Can Count On
Channels Digital: 7 (VHF)
Affiliations ABC
Owner Hearst Television, Inc.
(KOAT Hearst Television, Inc.)
First air date September 28, 1953
Call letters’ meaning COAT or KO Albuquerque Television
Former channel number(s) Analog:
7 (VHF, 1953-2009)
21 (UHF, 2002-2009)
Former affiliations Secondary:
DuMont (1953-1955)
Transmitter Power 26.5 kW
Height 1292 m
Facility ID 53928
Transmitter Coordinates 35°12′53.3″N 106°27′2.7″W / 35.214806°N 106.45075°W / 35.214806; -106.45075

KOAT-TV is a television station in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is an ABC network affiliate and broadcasts on channel 7. Its transmitter is located on Sandia Crest, northeast of Albuquerque.


Digital television

RF channel
Video Aspect Programming
7.1 7.1 720p 16:9 main KOAT-TV programming / ABC HD
7.2 7.2 480i 4:3 Estrella TV

Currently, KOAT is one of four ABC-affiliated Hearst stations that do not offer "The Local AccuWeather Channel"

KOAT-TV moved its digital signal to its old analog frequency, channel 7, when the analog to digital transition was completed on 6-12-09.


KOAT signed on September 28, 1953, less than a week before KGGM-TV (now KRQE). It was locally owned by AM Caldwell & Walter Stiles. The station signed on as an ABC Affiliate. In 1959 KOAT was sold to Alvarado Television (the owner of KVOA in Tucson, Arizona), and in 1962 both stations were sold to Steinman Stations, who owned WGAL in Lancaster and later bought WTEV in New Bedford/Providence.

Steinman sold both KOAT and KVOA to Pulitzer, the then-owner of KSD-TV (now KSDK) in St. Louis, in 1969. This made KOAT Pulitzer's second television station acquisition outside of its home city of St. Louis; the KOAT acquisition was consummated a year after Pulitzer closed on its purchase of KVOA. A decade later, the other two Steinman stations were sold to Pulitzer as well, reuniting them with KOAT (KVOA was spun off in 1972).

In 1999, Pulitzer sold its entire broadcasting division, including KOAT and WGAL, to Hearst-Argyle. In mid-2009 the Hearst Corporation, already majority owner of what was Hearst-Argyle Television, bought out all of the then-publicly traded shares and changed the broadcasting group's name to Hearst Television.

KOAT uses a version of the Circle 7 logo used by many other ABC stations, both owned-and-operated stations and affiliates.

Satellite stations

These stations rebroadcast KOAT's signal and add local content for other parts of the broadcast market:

Station City of license Channels
First air date Former callsigns ERP
Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
KOCT Carlsbad 19 (UHF) August 24, 1956 KAVE-TV (1956–1987)
KVIO-TV (1987–1993)
15 kW 333 m 53908 32°47′38″N 104°12′29″W / 32.79389°N 104.20806°W / 32.79389; -104.20806 (KOCT)
KOFT Farmington 8 (VHF) defunct 1 40 kW 165.9 m 53904 36°40′17″N 108°13′52.7″W / 36.67139°N 108.231306°W / 36.67139; -108.231306 (KOFT)
KOVT Silver City 10 (VHF) September 19872 KWNM-TV (1987–1992) 3.2 kW 485 m 53911 32°51′46″N 108°14′28″W / 32.86278°N 108.24111°W / 32.86278; -108.24111 (KOVT)


  • 1. No record of analog station on air; digital station was operating via Special Temporary Authorization but has gone silent. KOFT-DT's license was returned to the FCC on November 13, 2007 [1]
  • 2. The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says KOVT signed on September 9, while the Television and Cable Factbook says it signed on September 10.

KOCT, formerly KAVE-TV and KVIO-TV, became part of the KOAT-TV operation in 1993 after previously serving as a satellite of El Paso ABC affiliate KVIA-TV Channel 7. The Carlsbad station began in 1956 as KAVE-TV, a CBS/NTA Film Network[2] affiliate with studio and transmitter facilities on Church Street in Carlsbad. In 1966, when Roswell, New Mexico station KBIM-TV became the CBS affiliate for southeastern New Mexico, KAVE became a satellite station of then-ABC affiliate KMOM-TV Channel 9 in Monahans, Texas (now NBC affiliate KWES-TV, Midland-Odessa, Texas) and then of KVIA-TV in El Paso in 1976.

In addition, there are several low-powered repeaters that carry KOAT's programming throughout New Mexico, northeastern Arizona and southern Colorado.

News operation

Ordinarily, KOAT produces just over 4 hours of local news each weekday, 4 1/2 hours each Saturday, and 4 1/2 hours each Sunday. The station's newscasts, known as "Action 7 News," have led the ratings in New Mexico for over 30 years. Weather forecaster Howard Morgan worked at KOAT for 28 years before retiring in 1999.

KOAT is also one of three ABC Affiliates to have an hour-long 10 p.m. newscasts, along with KRGV-TV in Brownsville, Texas and KOAT's sister station, KITV in Honolulu.

Notable Personalities


Current On-Air Talent

Current Anchors

  • Royale Da - weekend mornings (also reporter)
  • Doug Fernandez - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10PM
  • Shelly Ribando - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10PM
  • Melissa Montoya - weekday mornings (also reporter)
  • Marisa Maez - weekday mornings
  • Natalie Swaby - weekend mornings


  • Greg Gurule - Santa Fe Bureau reporter
  • Dominic Garcia - general assignment reporter
  • Rod Green - general assignment reporter
  • Ilana Gold - general assignment reporter
  • Christie Ileto - general assignment reporter
  • Amber Lee - general assignment reporter
  • Dr. Barry Ramo - health reporter
  • Dave Roberts - Farmington Bureau reporter
  • Drew Rudnick - Southern New Mexico Bureau reporter
  • Natalie Swaby - general assignment reporter
  • Melissa Vega - "Target 7" consumer reporter

Hearst Television Washington Bureau

  • Sally Kidd - Washington Bureau correspondent
  • Laurie Kinney - Washington Bureau correspondent
  • Tracy Mitchell - Washington Bureau correspondent

First Alert Weather Team

  • Joe Diaz (AMS-CBM/NWA Seals of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10PM
  • Eric Green (AMS-CBM) Seal of Approval - Meteorologist; weekday mornings
  • Byron Morton (AMS-CBM/NWA Seals of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekend mornings, Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10PM

Sports Team

  • John Salazar - Sports Anchor; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10PM

Former on-air talent

  • Diane Anderson (1989–2004; moved to KRQE)
  • Keely Chalmers (2000–2003; now weather anchor and environmental reporter at KGW in Portland, OR)
  • Sam Conn (1987–1993)
  • Laura Huckabee (1997–2000; now at WGCL-TV in Atlanta, GA)
  • Cynthia Izaguirre (2000–2007; moved to WFAA-TV in Dallas, TX)
  • Ed Lopez - morning anchor (1994–2000)
  • Nelson Martinez (1981–2002)
  • Augusta Meyers (1985–2001; now works at MRCOG)
  • Nannette Miranda - (1996–1999; now at KABC-TV in Los Angeles and KGO-TV in San Francisco)
  • Johnny Morris (1969–2000)
  • Mary Lynn Roper - anchor/news director/general manager (1985–present)

News/Station presentation

Newscast Titles

  • Action 7 News (1970s-present)

Station slogans

  • Action News is Everywhere (1978)
  • Working Hard For You (1978)
  • New Mexico's News Leader (1980s-early 1990s)
  • The Area's #1 News Source (early 1990s)
  • 7 On Your Side (mid 1990s)
  • Coverage You Can Count On (1998–present)
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